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Homeland Security Agents Pull Google Glass User From Movie ~ Right Out of Stasi Playbook

Feds pull Google Glass user from theater for suspected piracy
Devin Coldewey NBC News

A guy comes near my seat, shoves a badge that had some sort of a shield on it, yanks the Google Glass off my face and says "follow me outside immediately". It was quite embarrassing and outside of the theater there were about 5-10 cops and mall cops.

A Google Glass user in Ohio has run into an unexpected consequence of wearing a camera on your face at all times: Movie theaters might suspect you of piracy. Homeland Security agents pulled the man from the movie and interviewed him aggressively, though no charges ended up being filed. But is it really a surprise?

The Glass user, who has not given his name, contacted tech blog The Gadgeteer with his story over the weekend, but it wasn't until Tuesday that the full tale was revealed.

He and his wife had bought tickets to see "Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit" at a mall theater on Jan. 18, and he wore his Google Glass set — with prescription lenses. About an hour into the film, they were approached by someone claiming to be a federal agent.

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We've Got Bigger Problems

Speaking as a former movie theatre manager and long-time employee of a movie studio legal department, we've got bigger problems.

This was a legitimate cause for involving the police because:

Piracy is the reason we have so few cutting-edge movies anymore. The profits from movies have erroded due to electronic piracy, and that's the money that was used to take risks. Many of the people who work on movies, besides the stockholders, themselves, get paid based on profits, so there is a fiduciary duty to protect their rights on the part of the theatre and the distributor.

This only became an incident because:

The employees in theatres are often paid student wage. They have an obligation to make the call when they suspect theft is happening, but it's not their judgement call on how the suspects are handled.

Law-enforcement over-reacted because:

The law-enforcement folks who responded had no idea what to expect until they got there. Yes, they were heavy-handed and obtuse, but they weren't trying to do anything beyond their jobs.

Next time, one hopes that, for the same investment of time, an agent would simply sit down nearby until the movie is over, and ask to speak to the suspect on the way out. With any luck, it should be obvious before they exit that they weren't recording anything (assuming the suspect turned his head from time to time). If he was recording the movie, then they'll have him dead to rights.

Hopefully, they'll handle it better, next time. Meantime, I can't get excited about this incident. We've got bigger problems like the Federal Reserve and war.

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If the details are true, then

If the details are true, then he should have demanded that they provide a subpoena for his glasses. He should demand that they charge him. Detaining him questioning him, taking his glasses...these are all illegal and immoral and a whole bunch of things...the feds/movie people/MPAA had absolutely no right to take away his glasses like that.

It is one thing if the AMC pulled him from the theater, and said, "look, you brought a very controversial device into this movie theater. You can easily record this movie with that device. We've had this issue before. So, here are your options. You can either give us the glasses, let us prove you innocent, and be on your way. Or, we can get the feds involved. They will subpoena your glasses, possibly charge you with something, and it will waste everyone's time".

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in a way

it kind of serves him right. I believe Google glasses are a threat to every single one of us. It's just another way of surveillance, that non-thinking people voluntarily wear on their face.

“Let it not be said that no one cared, that no one objected once it’s realized that our liberties and wealth are in jeopardy.”
- Ron Paul

Warrantless Shake Down

"Federal agents questioned the man about whom he reported to, how much money he made and other things relating to the alleged piracy. But when they finally brought in a laptop and cable to check the contents of the man's Glass and phone, they found nothing incriminating and turned him loose."

The whole thing is the Feds

The whole thing is the Feds presuming him guilty. That is why they asked him those questions; they were sure he was a pirate(er).

I don't like that presumption from anyone, least of all up-jumped Federal agents.

It isn't like he was caught with a camcorder on and held up to his eye, or was being super defensive/paranoid, or had a rap sheet/history....

Plan for eliminating the national debt in 10-20 years:

Overview: http://rolexian.wordpress.com/2010/09/12/my-plan-for-reducin...

Specific cuts; defense spending: http://rolexian.wordpress.com/2011/01/03/more-detailed-look-a